A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Travel

Holy Spirit group brings gifts to African sister parish
Information Guide

Holy Names shows hospitality to overbooked neighbor

Helping students succeed at Saint Mary's College

16 tips to get
the most out of
college tours

Delta Deanery
brings 800 pilgrims through the
Holy Door

Fall Festivals

Festivals raise
funds — and build community — for parishes

'Who Am I to Judge:'
lively evening for young Catholics

St. Barnabas celebrates
90 years of faith

Golden anniversary
begins for
St. Stephen

St. John Vianney closes jubilee year

Year of Mercy Calendar

JST dean
explains Laudato Si' relevance in South Asian context

World Youth Day

World Youth Day pilgrims: 'We will spread what we learned by being merciful'

Panama site of WYD
in 2019


Rain doesn't stop annual Volleyball Tournament

MSJ Sisters
walking the Camino

Respect for Life

Respect Life
gathering offers

40 Days for Life
vigils begin Sept. 28

aborted children

placeholder September 5, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

African visit: from left, Petroiman Nathanael, Revs. Bernard Mwaingwa and Mathew Vellankal, Rose Smith, Rev. Samuel Mvati, Bishop Rogath Fundimoya Kimaryo, Irene Jenkins, Amy Wilhelm and Clarence Wilhelm.
Courtesy photos
The missionaries visited the piggery Holy Spirit sponsored in 2014. There is a young person in charge of the pigs in their stall. They raise them and when a pig gives birth one of the piglets is donated to the parish.

Holy Spirit group brings gifts to African sister parish

Five of us (Rose Smith, Amy and Clarence Wilhelm, Irene Jenkins and I) from Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont had a memorable visit to our sister-parish of St. Joseph, Ndungu in Tanzania in the first week of July.

Rev. Mathew Vellankal

After driving from Kilimanjaro airport for about four hours we reached the Diocese of Same. There we had Mass, breakfast and a meeting with Bishop Rogath Kimaryo. The bishop and the priests of the diocese were extremely kind to us and gave us outstanding hospitality.

Another two hours' drive through a rough and dirt road took us to our sister parish.

The welcome that they gave us there was exceptional. We were treated like royalty. The entire community waited for us on the road about a quarter of a mile away from the church and we were escorted with singing and dancing to the church.

We had a very interesting dialogue with the women and young people of the parish. We also visited the piggery run by the young adults that Holy Spirit Church had funded. The project is progressing exceedingly well and the youth are very proud of what they are able to accomplish.

The next day was a full day of festivities. Bishop Kimaryo came from Same to St. Joseph to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for 30 young people of the parish and to be with us.

Rev. Samuel Mvati ensured that the annual visit of the bishop coincided with our visit there. The concelebrated solemn Mass with bishop lasted about 2½ hours with lots of singing and dancing. Our sister-parishioners love music and dancing. That was followed by lunch and entertainment for all the parishioners.

Then there was the time to exchange the gifts. We presented to bishop and Father Mvati a large check for $63,000, raised by our Fremont parish car raffle. The people were extremely thrilled to receive all our gifts.

Among the several gifts that they gave us was a full-grown live goat! The warmth and love of that community will be etched in our memories forever. Having visited and lived with our sister parishioners, we are able to understand better their culture and their many needs. This trip has bonded the two parishes in an amazing manner.

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2016 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.